I always wanted to try or test Cathay Pacific´s business class product. In June this year I finally had the chance to do so.
As I needed a flight from Jakarta to Bangkok during my Southeast Asia trip, I used some of my Airberlin topbonus miles and booked Cathay flights via Hong Kong – both in C.
Boarding began on time and business class passengers and One World frequent fliers were offered to board first.
Soon I was seated on 20A. Cathay´s business class section on the A330 is divided into two compartments. My seat was in the rear part.
As the C class was quite empty, the flight attendant asked me if I wanted to sit in the forward part. I agreed and upon I was seated in my new seat (16A), they offered me something to drink and a hot towel.
Cathay Pacific uses the reverse herringbone seating, which offers every seat separate aisle access as well as privacy. This product is perfect for solo travellers.
We left Jakarta at 5.30 a.m. local time. Shortly before we reached our cruising altitude, the on board service commenced and a delicious breakfast was served.
After having finished breakfast, I converted my seat into a comfortable bed and took a nap.
We flew along Singapore and the Vietnamese coastline, before we reached the Chinese mainland about 4 hours later.
The weather in Hong Kong was really bad. Therefore it was not possible to see anything of the city or surroundings during approach. Just as we had established on the localizer for the ILS, the countryside became visible. We touched on a wet runway 25R and taxied to our gate.
I only had a tight connecting time of about 1 hour, before my next flight to Bangkok was scheduled to depart. The boarding started 2 minutes after I reached my new gate – good timing.
This time I was seated in 15K, which is also located in the front part of the business class. This time load factor (in Y as well as C) was notably higher than on the previous flight.
We left rainy Hong Kong via runway 25L and set course for Thailand.
During this flight the cabin crew offered a meal, where we could choose from three different menus.
For dessert they had different kinds of Häagen-Dazs ice cream – yummy!
The flight was smooth and enjoyable. A little later we started our descent and after a flying time of about 1,5 hours we touched down in Bangkok.
Bottom line: Cathay Pacific´s business class is lovely! The seats as well as the service are great. Both crews were very attentive and made these flights enjoyable. I´m really looking forward to my next flights with CX.